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    Default I am not finished, let me speak on.

    While you are speaking and others interrupting you, you could say I am not finished, let me speak on, couldn’t you?


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    Default Re: I am not finished, let me speak on.

    It's not very natural. Try:

    Hang/hold on. I haven't finished what I was saying.
    Do you mind letting me finish what I'm saying?
    Let me finish (what I'm saying.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: I am not finished, let me speak on.

    Or just I'm (still) talking.

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    Default Re: I am not finished, let me speak on.

    How you say it will depend a lot on your relationship with the person who interrupted you. If my kids interrupt me, I may say something different than if my boss does. It will also depend if others are present and you don't want to make the person who interrupted you look bad, or come across as a total jerk yourself.

    There are also a wealth of sarcastic responses.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: I am not finished, let me speak on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post

    There are also a wealth of sarcastic responses.
    Pardon me for speaking while you're interrupting.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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